Boggy Doodles: learning the art, science and joy of green sketching
Boggy Doodles is my friendly introduction to the art, science and joy of green sketching. Green sketching underpins all my paintings and designs; it blends the best of nature and field sketching, focusing on the process, not the end result (sharing sketches is entirely optional). This approach makes sketching much more rewarding and takes the pressure off trying to produce a perfect drawing. It’s a wonderful way to reconnect with nature, de-stress and improve your observation skills. You can read all about where the name Boggy Doodles came from in this blog post.
My Boggy Doodles workshops take place at a range of inspiring locations within Cheshire and the Peak District National Park. Boggy Doodlers are introduced to a series of sketching exercises designed to relax, develop confidence, increase focus and demonstrate a new way of seeing and recording highlights of the upland environment. Hiking over rough ground and coping with the often bracing weather is all part of the fun, stimulating the senses and enhancing perception of the environment.
I work with individuals and organisations. Numbers are limited to keep the group small and friendly but it’s also possible to book a one-on-one session. This can be particularly helpful for those with low mobility or specific interests. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you've any questions. I'd love to hear from you if you're interested in attending or hosting a Boggy Doodles workshop.
No previous experience is necessary and all materials are provided.
Please contact me for information about upcoming events in 2018
‘Thank you so much for such an enjoyable morning in the hills, boggy doodling. Your enthusiasm for art and knowledge of the science behind green sketching, along with the techniques you showed me have really inspired me to get sketching more myself. I've dug out all my art stuff and made a start on filling up some of those blank books already.’ Kerri R.
‘It was amazing to come away so much more confident.’ Ann D.
‘[I enjoyed] being allowed to draw without being judged for what I produced.’ Christopher S.
'I enjoyed all of it!' Helen E.
'Keeping the group numbers small helps to participate so thank you for that and for you lovely open style of teaching.' Gill O.
'Thought it very informative and fun' Anon.
'I enjoyed the welcoming and friendly tone. Learning to relax by sketching. Learning to see a different way.' Anon.
'Good advice, good company and good fun' Anon.